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PREVIEW: MCR Christmas Lights Switch-On

Comedian Jason Manford and other guests to push the button on Friday 7 November

Written by . Published on October 20th 2014.

PREVIEW: MCR Christmas Lights Switch-On

LOCAL comedian Jason Manford is to kick off the fast approaching festive season and push the button at this year’s light switch-on party. 

"No one does Christmas like Manchester and our lights switch-on party is the envy of the UK."

On Friday 7 November, the biggest Christmas party in the North West (FREE, too) 
will begin at Albert Square with an evening of high-energy entertainment including a ten minute firework finale.

Key 103 presenters Mike and Chelsea are to host the live show, with performances expected from Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro and X-Factor alumni, singer Shayne Ward, who will be sharing the stage with new girl band, The Piccadillys.

Actor Warwick Davis will also appear ahead of his appearance in the Opera House’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starting on 5 December – starring alongside Elvis' former wife Priscilla Presley.

Warwick_Sevendwarfs_Credit_Simon Annand %281%29Warwick in Seven Dwarfs (Credit Simon Annand)

The family friendly switch-on show will also see appearances from the cast of Shrek: The MusicalCBBC favourites Hacker and Dodge, and winners of The Printworks Street Dance competitions, Superkidz from Stretfordwho will wow the crowds with their winning choreography. 

In partnership with Key 103 the switch-on show will set the festive tone for six weeks of Christmas events in the city centre, including the Manchester Christmas Markets.

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “No one does Christmas like Manchester and our lights switch-on party is the envy of the UK. For generations of Mancunians it is the official start of the countdown to Christmas – but this is only the start of more than six weeks of festive celebrations across the city.”

Mwnov13bus_0078Manchester's Christmas Markets

Cllr Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: “This show is for everyone and I love to see whole families turn up to enjoy the entertainment. We think this is the most accessible, family-friendly Christmas Lights switch-on event we’ve ever put on and we look forward to seeing you there.”

There’s no need for tickets, it’s free. Simply wrap up warm, grab your family and friends and get ready to have some fun on Friday 7 November from 7.30pm at Albert Square, Manchester. 

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousOctober 22nd 2014.

Great will Jason be telling Peter Kay jokes as usual. What a lame choice. That said Warwick Davis is a legend!

3 Responses: Reply To This...
EdwardOctober 22nd 2014.

Why is he a legend?

AnonymousOctober 22nd 2014.

He played an Ewok!

AnonymousDecember 1st 2014.

Warwick Davis is crap.

rinkydinkOctober 22nd 2014.

The Christmas lights are shockingly shit

AnonymousOctober 24th 2014.

"No one does Christmas like Manchester" - The markets look good, but are horrendously overpriced, and when you go to the so called German stalls; they aren't German - rather brits selling off tat. The number of europeans bringing their goods to Manchester to sell appears to have declined. If it wasn't so damned expensive; they might do a better trade. Having seen the markets across the UK, I'd say they're comparable to other cities but no different; with each city claiming to be the oldest, best and biggest. They don't, however, have a patch on those in European cities; particularly Germany and Austria. "our lights switch-on party is the envy of the UK" - I think Blackpool has you beat on that one Pat.

Jeremy UreOctober 25th 2014.

No no-talent x-factor pieces of shit? Disappointed!!

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